ETSC 9: Signing Up!

ETSC – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to resume the highly anticipated the Eurovision Times Song Contest! Each one of you can represent an European country and get to send a song and then vote in a fake Eurovision! Signing up opens soon!

Each summer, a good number of regular readers stay around for different reasons (they don’t get breaks from work or don’t go on holidays…) but there aren’t much news to keep us going. So the last few years we introduced all sorts of games. The Eurovision Times Awards (Fridas) and the Douze Points Trivia Quiz kept us going in 2013 and Fridas have made come-backs the past five years. Four years ago, a lot of you asked for a fake Eurovision where each one of us would send songs and get to vote. And that was it: the Eurovision Times Song Contest, from then on known as ETSC.

We’ve therefore had 8 editions of ETSC, two in 2014: July 2014 and August 2014, both won by France; the third edition was held in July 2015 and won by the United-Kingdom; the fourth edition was held in Augusut 2015 and was won by Austria; the fifth edition was held in July 2016 and was won by Israel; the sixth edition was held in August 2016 and won by Denmark; the 7th edition was held in July 2017 and was won again by France. The last edition to date was ETSC 8, held in August 2017, and it was the first one that went “blind”, meaning people did not know who sent what. It crowned Greece’s Dimitra Selemidou feat. Phoevos Delivoriás with “O monos ke i moni. For more information, you can discover our new page dedicated to the contest, with its history, all songs participating and the rankings here. You can also find it by clicking on the “Specials” section of the site, in the top menu in the red box, just under the site’s name. “ETSC 9 – July 2018” will be officially held in Thessaloniki and as for venue, it’ll be the Music Hall, nicknamed by locals as “Megaron”! The logo for it is inspired by the winner again:

The old rules stay the same. Rules: for this contest, you need to sign up choosing one European country. Once the country will be confirmed as yours for this edition, you’ll be able to send a song officially from the country by email only and it cannot be more than 5 years old (this means 2013 at the oldest). However, there are no language rules but it’s up to you to consider if other members will be nice or not to your song based on the language… Since it’s an online contest, there are no time limits and the song can be as long as you want, and performed by as many people you want. But it needs to be recent and definitely related to the country you’re representing one way or another. For each entry, I’ll do a bit of research to make sure your entry is playable, but you can send me some links with your song to help me make sure. Also, you must make sure the song is available online on  a platform so that every one can hear it. A promotion video is only an extra bonus but not mandatory. Last but not least, as seen in the polls the song can not have taken part in Eurovision or a national final but for the artist we get to a different rule. ESC artists are allowed for “small countries” (debatable which, but often I’m open to discussion with you) and NF and FdlC artists are allowed for all. Don’t forget, ETSC is also about discovering new music for us all! In general, everything has to be talked out with me in private. Depending on the number of participants, probably not all countries will be taken again. However, you’ll have a few days to pick your song once a country is being attributed to you, so don’t rush! Since I have postcards to do, I’d rather not have change of songs now! So take the time to be sure!

Once everyone has sent its entry, they’ll be revealed on ET and the voting period will be open. You’ll vote by email to me and to make sure my personal votes are fair (and that I don’t change them to the last minute in case it’s a close race), I will email mine to the first voter, whoever that is. Once everyone voted, I will reveal the votes in a dramatic finish and we’ll see which song will be crown our second summer song! Once you’ve voted, you can not change your votes (especially since some people drop hints of their own votes on the posts)!

There is no signing up article on ET and the official opening time to select your country for July 2018 is officially… Friday 13th at 10 PM CET! You’ll be able to select by emailing me on artemismorgan@hotmail.com only! You can send up to a Top 5 of your favorite countries so that, if you’ve sent your email early enough but your #1 country is already chosen, you get your second pick and so on and so forth. Afterwards, you have three days to decide on your song, until Monday 16th at noon CET. The song reveal will be Monday 16th at 20:00 CET!

01 Oxi – Spain (former winner)
02 Sekhmet Morgan – France (host)
03 Cathal – Ireland (pick #1)
04 Pablo – Germany (pick #1)
05 Rosalina – Italy (pick #1)
06 PJ – United-Kingdom (pick #2)
07 Gregor – Belgium (pick #1)
08 Michos – Norway (pick #4)
09 Dino – Lithuania (pick #3)
10 Oasisoffear – Finland (pick #1)
11 Anders – Netherlands (pick #2)
12 Dimitris – Greece (pick #2)
13 Razvan – Denmark (pick #6)
14 Tehoe – Russia (pick #3)
15 William – Malta (pick #1)
16 Marko – Slovenia (pick #1)
17 Mylor – EStonia (pick #3)
18 Donnie – Bulgaria (pick #1)
19 Hjallis – Sweden (pick #2)
20 Luke – Iceland (pick #4)
21 Franco – Azerbaijan (pick #5)
22 Shevek – Portugal (pick #2)
23 Ovidarch – Switzerland (pick #6)
24 Dominik – Poland (pick #1)
25 Mermaid – Turkey (pick #1)
26 Avat – Armenia (pick #1)
27 Arpatilaos – Cyprus (pick #1)
28 Coyote – Moldova (pick #4)
29 Sedapsi – Belarus (pick #1)
30 Patrick P – Israel (pick #1)
31 Daniel – Czech Republic (pick #1)
32 Marc P – Australia (only pick)
33 Greg – Latvia (pick #1)
34 Tristian – Libya (pick #1)
35 Bay – Romania (pick #3)
36 Caolán – FYR Macedonia (pick #1)
37 Donnyademaj – Albania (pick #1)
38 Max – Ukraine (pick #1)
39 Tecku – Austria (pick #1)
40 Lars – Slovakia (pick #1)
41 Brittany – Tunisia (pick #1)
42 Jerry – Lebanon (pick #1)

1,063 comments on “ETSC 9: Signing Up!

  1. Here it is:

    ETSC TOP 10

    A play list with the 10 songs that got the highest % of points from ETSC1 to ETSC 8.
    Enjoy the hors d’oeuvre:

    Christine and The Queens – Saint Claude 47,8
    Susanne Sundfør – The Brothel 38,2
    Lilly Wood & The Prick – Where I Want To Be (California) 36,1
    Asaf Avidan – Gold Shadow 33,9
    Blaue Blume – Sky 33,1
    Árstíðir – Tárin 33
    Diana Navarro – El Perdon 32,9
    Juliette Armanet – L’Amour En Solitaire 31,3
    Dimitra Selemidou ft. Phoevos Delivorias – O Monos Ke I Moni 30,8
    Ireland – Sinéad O’Connor – Take Off Your Shoes 30,5

  2. Ok… watching/listening to the playlist PJ has posted below…
    Among the related videos appearing on the right side, one is titled “chandelier”. It has almost 2 billion views!!! I haven’t heard it before!!! :o
    What’s wrong with me?
    Tell me, doctor, is it serious? :P :D

  3. Oh my less than 24 hrs and that list will be getting longer and longer :)

  4. Croatia winning the trophy of course would be nice and also a big motivations for small countries…but it seems I can’t resist to boy Kylian. So. Allez alle les bleus!

  5. Mood of tomorrow’s night :

    I got my first pick, wait I didn’t ?

  6. So very desperate to get my first pick country so I can win this edition!

  7. Oh, is England out of the World Cup?

  8. Finally my dad is back home. :)
    But I won’t have the time to join nevertheless. I will listen to the songs though. Good luck to everyone. :)

  9. Last time I did my Top 50 of all time, it looked something like this:

    Ireland 1996 “The voice” – Eimear Quinn
    Bosnia & Herzegovina 1993 “Sva bol svijeta” – Fazla
    France 1968 “La source” – Isabelle Aubret
    Belgium 2015 “Rhythm inside” – Loïc Nottet
    France 1990 “White and black blues” – Joëlle Ursull
    Denmark 1963 “Dansevise” – Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann
    Turkey 1975 “Seninle bir dakika” – Semiha Yankı
    Austria 1972 “Falter im Wind” – Milestones
    Finland 1985 “Eläköön elämä” – Sonja Lumme
    Estonia 2010 “Siren” – Robin Juhkental
    France 1991 “Le dernier qui a parlé” – Amina Annabi
    Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006 “Lejla” – Hari Mata Hari
    France 1969 “Un jour, un enfant” – Frida Boccara
    Albania 2012 “Suus” – Rona Nishliu
    Sweden 1967 “Som en dröm” – Östen Warnerbring
    Norway 1995 “Nocturne” – Secret Garden
    Luxembourg 1965 “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” – France Gall
    France 1996 “Diwanit bugale” – Dan Ar Braz & L’Héritage des Celtes
    Finland 1996 “Niin kaunis on taivas” – Jasmine
    Sweden 1981 “Fångad i en dröm” – Björn Skifs
    Finland 1965 “Aurinko laskee länteen” – Viktor Klimenko
    France 2009 “Et s’il fallait le faire” – Patricia Kaas
    France 1962 “Un premier amour” – Isabelle Aubret
    Portugal 2017 “Amar pelos dois” – Salvador Sobral
    France 1975 “Et bonjour à toi l’artiste” – Nicole Rieu
    Ireland 1994 “Rock ‘n’ roll kids” – Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan
    France 2002 “Il faut du temps” – Sandrine François
    France 1977 “L’oiseau et l’enfant” – Marie Myriam
    United-Kingdom 1978 “Bad old days” – Coco
    Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011 “Love in rewind” – Dino Merlin
    Estonia 2015 “Goodbye to yesterday” – Elina Born & Stig Rästa
    Latvia 2016 “Heartbeat” – Justs Sirmais
    Italy 1992 “Rapsodia” – Mia Martini
    Yugoslavia 1973 “Gori vatra” – Zdravko Čolić
    Luxembourg 1973 “Tu te reconnaîtras” – Anne-Marie David
    Switzerland 1963 “T’en vas pas” – Esther Ofarim
    Switzerland 1972 “C’est la chanson de mon amour” – Véronique Müller
    Estonia 2009 “Rändajad” – Urban Symphony
    Spain 1966 “Yo soy aquél” – Raphael
    Portugal 1967 “O vento mudou” – Eduardo Nascimento
    Norway 2013 “I feed you my love” – Margaret Berger
    Serbia 2008 “Oro” – Jelena Tomašević
    Russia 2001 “Lady Alpine Blue” – Mumiy Troll
    Azerbaijan 2017 “Skeletons” – Dihaj
    Germany 2011 “Taken by a stranger” – Lena Meyer-Landrut
    Austria 1971 “Musik” – Marianne Mendt
    Israel 1974 “Natati la khayay” – Poogy
    Yugoslavia 1967 “Vse rože sveta” – Lado Leskovar
    Italy 1961 “Al di là” – Betty Curtis
    Latvia 2015 “Love injected” – Aminata Savadogo

  10. and on topic, a former winner:

  11. For the benefit of Morgan or whoever takes France in this edition, this is a list of all the songs that have represented France in ETSC’s spin-off contest, the Virtual Festival of Songs that has been running 9 monthly editions since last September:

    “Tender fools” – Constance
    Rank 19 out of 28

    “Land of all” – Woodkid
    Rank 2/28

    “Sur la planche” – Femme
    Rank 21/24

    “La rose blanche” – Mickey 3D
    Rank 12/26

    “Tu me laisseras” – Vitaa
    Rank 14/24

    “On the road” – Hugo Barriol
    Rank 5/32

    “Lying with you” – Charlotte Gainsbourg
    Rank 6/28

    VFoS8 (Soundtracks edition)
    “Quelqu’un m’a dit” – Carla Bruni
    Rank 30/31

    “Tcheren Deya” – Mathias Duplessy
    Rank 17/28

    For those not familiar with VFoS and since a lot of us participate there as well, it might be wise to check whether we have already been exposed to the song or artist you have in mind. The History section is here:


    • Not a good run like FdlC… or ETSC!

      • In the last 7 editions of FdlC (the ones I participated in) France finished in the top10 only once (with M83).

        That includes my own doomed effort with Barbara Carlotti and Tristesse Contemporaine :-P I did much better in VFoS with Hugo Barriol. Do you know him?

        • During the FDLC 13 edition, France came 2nd with my entry of Paradis and “Toi et Moi”, but haven’t done well since then (except for Donnie’s song). Let’s improve the French scores in VFOS! :D

          • Yes, Paradis finished 2nd in FdlC13 with “Toi et moi” (a song I also had in mind until I realised it had already participated :-P), then M83 finished 2nd again with “Wait” in FdlC14 and that was all for France in the top10 until FdlC20.

            In contrast we already have 3 french top10s in nine VFoS editions (including one 2nd place).

            • That’s a shame then that I managed to showcase the song first Michos, but goes to show what excellent music taste we both have! :D

              That’s true, France has got a mixed success rate at VFOS in comparison to ETSC, but I think here will be a French victory at VFOS soon!

            • There has been one already. Vanessa Paradis (no relation to the band :-P) has won VFoS2 but only as a duet with an israeli artist :)

      • UK on the other hand is doing really for now. Twice winner and runner up.

    • “Sur la planche” :(

      Btw, nice idea posting the history section.

  12. Trying to grab your first choice:

  13. Exciting !
    #ETSC 8

  14. Four hours… :)

  15. Waiting for country reservations 😎 Meanwhile some summer mood from Aram MP3

  16. I’m going out on a birthday gathering. Will be sending the e mail (hopefully on time) from my cell phone
    Good luck all :*

  17. Good luck with your picks, people! :)

  18. LOL
    How throwing oneself to the ground can create an alphabet…

  19. Mail sent. I got here on time! :)

  20. My phone went crazy for 22 emails all at once!

  21. I hate this part right here like the pussycat dolls would say: the waiting…

  22. Picks sent – only 3 cause I didn’t have too much time to prepare :D

  23. Our unified message to Morgan while we chat about our potential countries, lol:


    I had this song stored for literal months, I love it so much I HAD to save to to ETSC. I am so happy I managed to get Germany to show it to you all. I’m so excited!

    Me atm:

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